The Fore RAFT Transition Fund for Small Charities and Social Enterprises to Open on July 20th

July 16, 2020

Are you a great small charity or social enterprise changing people’s lives?  Have you ever felt that funding application processes for trusts and foundations favour organisations with experienced fundraisers?

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. 

The Fore is looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  We want to be different.  Our funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.  Our consultant assessors, who have a wide range of experience and backgrounds, are there to help shortlisted applicants think about their strategy and they write the final reports.  Funding decisions are made by panels that include local community representatives, charity leaders and strategic business people.

We’re here to help: alongside grant funding, small charities and social enterprises can connect with our network of enthusiastic skilled volunteers from some of the UK’s most prestigious businesses.   You tell us what support you need – strategy, business planning, financial forecasting, marketing, law, IT and much more – and we work to introduce you to a range of people who can provide the support you need. 

Who is Eligible?

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. 

How to Apply

It’s very simple.  Register for a place (this takes 2 minutes), then you have six weeks to send us three pages about what you do and how the funding could help you. No forms, no word counts, no need to be perfect.  If you are shortlisted for interview, our friendly assessors will work with you to talk through what you need and make sure we have the information we need in order to make decisions. That’s it. 

Registration opens here at 10am on Monday 20th July 2020.  Register early to secure your place. 

If you have questions please read our guidelines and FAQ which includes help writing the three pages.  A second round of funding will open for registration in September.  Follow us @theforetrust to keep up to date. 

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About The Fore and RAFT

If you have any questions about The Fore RAFT Transition Fund, or about The Fore in general, please email [email protected]

The Transition Fund is part of RAFT – The Fore’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  RAFT started on April 1st with an Immediate Response Fund, which offered urgent grants of £5,000 to small charities and social enterprises which awarded over 200 grants between April and July 2020.

A number of funders created the RAFT Fund – The Fore are grateful to the Lovington Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation for providing anchor funding and to all other generous supporters.     Donations can also be made online.

The Fore is a ground-breaking funder in the UK charity sector catalysing fresh solutions to pressing social issues. The Fore’s venture capital style approach to grant-funding and skills support has opened up access to finance and professional expertise for over 100 innovative small charities and social enterprises. The Fore’s charity-led approach aims to treat applicants as experts in social change, challenging the power imbalance of many traditional funding models and enabling organisations to apply for what they need most. 

Since inception in 2017 The Fore has made over £4m in grants and offered over 4,000 hours of professional expertise to portfolio charities solving issues from knife crime, to childhood obesity, to social isolation, food poverty and homelessness. The Fore works with a wide range of partners including BlackRock, Moody’s, Rothschild & Co., UBS, LGT Vestra, Golden Bottle Trust, Postcode Local Trust, Power to Change, The Lovington Foundation and other family trusts and individuals. For more information, please see The Fore’s website: https://www.thefore.org/and Twitter feed: @theforetrust.

The Fore is part of The Bulldog Trust, registered charity 1123081.